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Since computers came into existence, simulations have been associated with it as the two inseparable media, simulations and computers, have had a mutually beneficial effect. With the advent of the flexible microcomputer, simulation has been widely used. In recent years, computer technology has infiltrated every sector in society, especially the educational system and industrial operations where simulations are essential for satisfying both instructional and industrial needs. Simulation effectiveness research has been mixed in both the educational system and industries. Therefore, it is still necessary to evaluate how effective computer simulation is as an instructional method or strategy. This study was designed to compare and evaluate the effectiveness of computer simulated laboratory instruction versus traditional laboratory instruction for educating community college students' requisition skills and knowledge for understanding combination logic circuitry. In order to compare the achievement between the two groups, the researcher utilized classroom examination scores. The students were given four exams in the course, one as a pretest, one on each of two contents and a comprehensive final. A pretest was given in order to ascertain whether the groups matched at the start of the study. The topics in the laboratory were taught in one of two ways: by lecture and simulation, or by lecture and traditional laboratory. Post-tests were administered as dependent variable measures. The data were analyzed statistically by ANCOVA. Conclusions will be drawn and recommendations will be made on the basis of the findings of the study. It was founded that both instructional methods were effective and there were no significant differences between them.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Doctor of Technology


Department of Technology

First Advisor

John T. Fecik, Advisor

Date Original


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